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– Animals transform themselves through metamorphosis. What could the City of Casinos transform into?


Macau – The Reclaimed City of Casinos

  • More than 80% of Macau Government’s revenue is from Casino taxes alone. (2018 – first quarter 2019)

  • Two-thirds of Macau today was built on top of land obtained through reclamation

  • City development favours Casinos complexes rather than social spaces.



  • Macau, predicted to be the richest city on Earth, has the financial resources for urban scale development.

  • The Macau New Urban Zone, an ongoing large-scale land reclamation project, is currently at planning phase.

  • Having alternative forms of entertainment or social spaces would benefit both locals and tourists.


Potential Typologies

  • Waterfront Theme Park / Amusement Park / Carnival

  • Theatre / Cultural & Art Centre / Sports Complex

  • or ANY form of public entertainment facilities with social spaces that could redefine the City of Casinos


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Design Synopsis

The debate is whether Macau can continue to be a liveable city with such deficit and lack in social spaces. The competition challenges designers to bring back these spaces that once belonged to the locals, to create new social spaces and recover the lost connection between the city and its people. We seek proposals and designs of an alternative form of social and entertainment architecture that diverges from the existing gambling culture.




Awards & Publications

Within 1 month from the submission deadline, 36 shortlisted entries would be announced for the Public Vote. All 36 shortlisted entries would be considered for publications. Entries with the top 3 most votes would receive the People’s Choice Award and each awarded with the monetary prize of €200. From the shortlisted entries, 12 Finalists & 3 Winners would be selected by the jurors of this competition. Winners would be each awarded with the monetary prize of €1000.

3 x WINNERS – [ €1000 + PUBLICATIONS ]





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Jury Panel

Viviana Muscettola

Viviana Muscettola

Associate Director at Zaha Hadid Architects



Senior Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects

Negar Moghtadaei

Negar Moghtadaei

Founder & CEO at Tarkib Studio

Yashar Montazeri

Yashar Montazeri

Founder & CEO at Tarkib Studio


– more jurors to be confirmed in the following month –




Competition Entry

Designers (or procrastinators) are encouraged to sign up earlier to enjoy our discounts as the entry fee increases by €15 each phase

⚫⚪⚪  Early Bird Entry: Students €65 | Architectural Designers €80 | Registered Architects and Practices €95 (Until 10 July 2019)

⚪⚪⚪  Standard Entry :  Students €80 | Architectural Designers €95 | Registered Architects and Practices €110 (Until 09 Aug 2019)

⚪⚪⚪  Last Minute Entry :  Students €95 | Architectural Designers €110 | Registered Architects and Practices €135 (Until 08 Sept 2019)

Submission Deadline: 09 Sept 2019

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